MotoGP » Crutchlow: I don’t have anything on the table

"Of course we're talking to as many teams as possible but at the moment I know nothing” – Cal Crutchlow.

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July 12, 2013 10:26 AM

@ Chu & company

Apply some logic.
Yamaha Japan spend millions on R&D to find the best parts for the M1.
Once they test something & prove its benefit, they manufacture the parts for the bikes. It is far easier (& more cost effective) to manufacture 20 parts the same spec for the 4 race bikes than it is to manufacture 10 of one spec, 5 of another & 5 of yet another.

Due to production sometimes the factory team may have access to certain parts one race before the satellite team.
The satellite teams may sometimes opt not to use a particular part because the small gains don't justify the resources.
However, the factory & satellite bikes are essentially the same.

The biggest difference is in the teams ability to get the best out of that equipment.
If the top 100 personnel are at the factory teams, you can't expect the 'next best' to wring the same out of the bike.
It's like expecting the no. 101 ranked golfer or tennis player to regularly beat the no.1.


July 12, 2013 10:28 AM

As I said in my previous post timing and luck is everything. Had he been ready when spies left yamaha and rossi had only been in to his first year at Ducati he might be sitting in the factory team. Motogp is full of ifs and buts. who would have bet on Stoner jacking it in. unfortunately for him there are younger rriders coming through (not that he's old)now who are negotiating deals that guarantee them a factory seat in 2 years. His best bet i still think is tech 3. I think unfrotunately for Bradley smith they will buy out his contract at the end of this season and he will go


July 12, 2013 10:41 AM

Have you grown uppp?? Analyse now
Through out the entire season he just moans like i have no bike on my table...i have nothing..To be frank he is getting scared because of Pol espargaro...
he not even moans nowadays better to say he begs nowadays
take your ugly green glasses off!! be a realist


July 12, 2013 11:39 AM

Whoever said "timing is the issue" was right. Cal is on the market at a time when all the good seats are taken for 2014. BUT, remember that when the Ducati deal evaporated last year Cal was left without a ride and was lucky that Tech 3 had not yet filled the seat that Cal was planning to vacate. In that situation, any rider would have made the same decision to stay at T3. We will probably never know whether it was Cal, Herve, Lin or Dorna who insisted on a one-year only contract.
Cal quite rightly doesn't want the prospect of ending another season without a top ride. Cal is happy at Tech 3 and Herve values him, but perhaps more importantly Carmelo values him as an asset to the Championship so I'm sure that is Cal's destiny.
My ideal scenario (if VR46 stays at Yam) is Cal re-signs at Tech 3 , but keeps it a secret and has long and meaningful discussions with Ducati, stringing them along until all the best rider prospects have signed elsewhere, then dumps on them like they did on him.


July 12, 2013 2:02 PM

I'm not so sure about this Cal. He is right in that he has to improve as a rider, he makes downright silly mistakes under pressure. How did he manage to get to MotoGP with such jittery responses to pressure situations? He needs to learn when to tune out, pretend the world isn't looking and just ride it like he enjoys doing it. And what the hell is with his adoption of European phrases? "Of course", "we battled", "For sure" etc etc... He needs to watch Fawlty Towers for one month straight I reckon.

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